TPA to construct extensive dry port at Katosho
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has plans to construct an extensive dry port at Katosho, Kigoma. The port will be one of the biggest investments made by the authority in modern times.
According to Moris Nchindiuza, Kigoma Acting Ports Manager, TPA has finalised plans for the enormous forthcoming project to be constructed. The dry port will serve Tanzania, the East African countries and the Great Lake region.
The port will be of great significance particularly to the land locked countries of Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. Other countries that will benefit from the project as well include Zaire and Zambia.
Currently, TPA has disbursed US$5.4mn for compensation directed to 1228 affected people whose lands have been taken over by the government at Katosho and Kigoma to pave way for construction of the port.
The completion of the project will enhance the development of Kigoma through job creation opportunities, hence transform it into a modern port.
Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the new dry port.
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) regulates and licenses port and marine services and facilities. The authority also manages vessel traffic in the port as well as ensuring safety and security.
TPA operates a system of ports serving the Tanzania hinterland and the landlocked countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.